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AU begins rollout of 400m COVID-19 vaccine doses to member states

Angela Onwuzoo

Africa Union has introduced the graduation of month-to-month shipments of the 400m doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine acquired by it by the African Vaccine Acquisition Belief to its member states starting from Thursday (at this time).

The vaccine provides, in accordance with the AU, will assist Africa attain its goal of vaccinating not less than 60 per cent of the inhabitants, to comprise the unfold of COVID-19.

AVAT, an initiative by the AU member states to pool their buying energy, has already signed an settlement with Johnson & Johnson for the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine doses.

The settlement entails that 55 member states of the AU will take supply of the vaccines from at this time.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in accordance with AU, was chosen for this primary pooled procurement for some causes: initially, as a single-shot vaccine, it’s simpler and cheaper to manage; second, the vaccine has an extended shelf-life and beneficial storage situations.

In a press release launched on Thursday by the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention, the AU mentioned the primary month-to-month shipments will arrive in a number of member states, including that shipments will proceed in August for a complete of 6.4m doses.

It famous that month-to-month shipments will proceed and be frequently ramped up, with a goal of delivering virtually 50m vaccines earlier than the tip of December.

In line with the AU, by January, the variety of vaccines being launched will likely be greater than 25m per thirty days. 

“This vaccine acquisition is a singular milestone for the African continent. It’s the first time Africa has undertaken a procurement of this magnitude involving all member states. 

“It additionally marks the primary time that the AU member states have collectively bought vaccines to safeguard the well being of the African inhabitants – 400m vaccines are adequate to immunise a 3rd of the African individuals and produce Africa midway in the direction of its continental objective of vaccinating not less than 60 per cent of the inhabitants.

“Worldwide donors have dedicated to ship the remaining half of the doses required by the COVAX initiative,” AU mentioned.

Former AU Chairperson and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, mentioned,” It is a momentous step ahead in Africa’s efforts to safeguard the well being and well-being of its individuals. 

“By working collectively and by pooling sources, African nations have been in a position to safe hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses produced proper right here in Africa. 

“It will present impetus to the combat towards COVID-19 throughout the continent and can lay the idea for Africa’s social and financial restoration.”

Additionally talking, African Union Particular Envoy, Mr. Attempt Masiyiwa,

mentioned: “Delivering our first doses to AU member states is an unprecedented milestone.

“We’re deploying relentless efforts to assist every member state to achieve its objective of immunising 60 per cent of Africans, as really helpful by the Africa CDC.

“Johnson & Johnson AVAT-purchased single-shot vaccines will allow us to significantly enhance our vaccination degree throughout the continent.”

Director of Africa CDC, Dr. John Nkengasong, additionally mentioned, “Over the past months, now we have seen the vaccination hole between Africa and different elements of the world widen, and a devastating third wave hit our continent. 

“The deliveries beginning now will assist us get to the vaccination ranges crucial to guard African lives and livelihoods.”

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